Hairstyles That Are Perfect For Summer

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This summer, hair trends are leaning towards the free-spirited, boho vibe, meaning that there is so much room for experimentation. From different types of braids to a curly bob, here are some hairstyles that are absolutely perfect for this summer.

Braids
Braids are one of the hottest hair trends for this summer, and, when it comes to braids, there is so much to choose from. Whether you opt for a French braid, small and subtle accent braids, Dutch braids, or even a simple messy thick braid, you cannot really go wrong here.

Low Ponytail
The low ponytail is a low-maintenance hairstyle, making it perfect for busy summer days. This is a style that can be easily dressed both up and down, depending on what you wear it with. To mix this look up a bit, try adding in a few braids to your low ponytail, or even knotting your hair around your hair-tie to add some extra texture and interest.

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The Curly Bob
The curly bob is a wonderfully carefree summer style that is so easy to maintain, meaning that it will look just as fabulous each and every day. This style needs plenty of short, vertical layers in the hair, as this prevents the curls from forming an outwards triangle. To make this look even more show-stopping, add in some wispy bangs as well, but keep them quite minimal, as you do not want too much extra hair on your face during the summer months.

The Wet Look
For those spending their summer by a beach or a pool, then the wet look is a hairstyle that may be perfect for you. Simply keep your locks slicked down with some gel, deciding whether you want to leave it loose and sleek or tightly tied back. To add to the look, try creating a sleek, wet look side fringe, as this will help to really frame your face.

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Deep, Side Part
The deep side part is a hairstyle that was all over the major fashion runways for this summer, and this is a perfect one to try, as it works with every hair type and cut. From long and loose with a 70s vibe to a sleek, slicked back side ponytail, the deep side part works in so many different ways.

The Modern Pixie Cut
Pixie cuts are back this summer, and are a great option for those with short hair, as they can be styled in a number of interesting ways. Each of the styles mentioned above would work with a pixie cut, be it bouncy curls or sleek and slicked back, and this is because the pixie cut is one of the most timeless styles out there.

While there are certain hairstyles that are very much in trend for this summer, these are all quite broad, meaning that they can be interpreted in so many different ways. So, whether your hair is short and straight or long and curly, give some of these hairstyles a try this summer.

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Choosing the Perfect Shade of Grey

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Grey is a complex color, with each shade in the grey spectrum being quite unique. When it comes to choosing the perfect shade of grey for your hair, there are a number of options available, depending on the final outcome that you are trying to achieve.

Blonde Grey
The blonde grey shade was perfectly demonstrated by Leona Lewis at the Zac Posen 2017 Fall presentation during New York Fashion Week. Lewis sported a head full of bouncy curls, which were dyed in a blonde shade that had been tinged with a bit of grey. The shade that was picked was ideal for Lewis, as it complemented her green-grey eyes, while exuding a glamorous vibe at the same time.

Grey Ombré
For those who do not want any grey at their roots, because, let’s face it, you will be experiencing more than enough of that as you age, a grey ombré color is perfect. Look to Rita Ora for inspiration, who has rocked this look before, with dark roots, followed by blonde, pink and a blue slate grey shade towards the ends of her hair.

Ocean Grey
Ocean grey shades look different depending on the light. It can sometimes look more blue-green, just like the ocean on a sunny day, but it can also take on moody grey tones, reminiscent of the ocean on a stormy winter’s day. Hilary Duff has showcased this look before, in her Sparks video, so take a look at that if you need some extra inspiration.

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Electric White
A shocking shade of electric white is definitely dramatic, and Nicole Richie is the best celebrity to take a look at if you want some more ideas for how to style this shade. Richie’s hairstylist used hair paint to create the look, applying this white paint to sections of Richie’s hair, using a brush. After each section had been painted, it was then pinned, so that it could dry in place.

Cinder with Pastels
Dascha Polanco was the first one to try a rich cinder shade, but, as she did not want her hair to be completely grey, she decided to add in some subtle color. This was in the form of a pretty purple pastel shade, which gave the sombre grey an infusion of femininity.

Antique Grey
Antique grey is a look that will only suit some skin tones, so be sure to take some time to ensure that this shade will suit you before continuing. Take a look at Zosia Mamet for inspiration, who became bored with the brown hair that she had been sporting for her whole life. While she loved the antique grey, it did take her a while to get used to it, and she ended up going blonde a few months later.

When it comes to hair colors, grey can be a tricky one to work with. In order to ensure that it truly accentuates your appearance, rather than washing it out, make sure that the shade that you choose is complementary of your skin tone, eye color and other features.

Makeup Tools That Double As Skin Care Tools

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There are so many different makeup and beauty tools out there, making it extremely easy for your cosmetic bag to become cluttered. To save you some space, as well as time, check out these makeup tools that also double as skin care tools.

Facial Roller
Facial rollers are commonly used by Chinese medical and skin care experts, as they are able to reduce redness while promoting the draining of any excess fluid lying beneath the skin. It also stimulates blood flow, which results in defined facial contours and a brighter, more lifted, appearance, doing away with the need for the amount of makeup that you would usually apply. In addition to this, using the rollers before applying any skin care products will help to prepare your skin for the ingredients that will be following, enabling them to better penetrate your skin’s layers.

Cellulose Sponges
Cellulose sponges are made from natural fibers and are great for both removing makeups as well as simply cleansing the skin. Soft and absorbent, these sponges are can be re-used, and are also incredibly compact, making them ideal for those who frequently travel.

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A Tweezer Set
A set of both slant and point tweezers in your beauty arsenal is essential, as you will be able to use these for so many different things. From removing unwanted stray hairs to placing false lashes, having the choice of both makes a huge difference.

Primer
Primers were designed to be applied before any other makeup product so that they could provide a base for foundation, and anything else, to grip on to, enabling makeup to last for much longer. However, primers also have a number of different skin benefits, as many of them also contain moisturizing and hydrating ingredients, as well as antioxidants and SPF. Primers also help to absorb any excess oil on the skin, making it a great tool for those who have oily skin. If you do have oily skin, then you are likely also battling the appearance of large pores, and this is something else that a primer can help with.

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Lip Balm with SPF
When it comes to facial skin care, many people often end up unintentionally neglecting their lips, leading to dryness and chapped skin. Rather than trying to cover this up with some lipstick, invest in a high-quality lip balm instead, preferably one that contains SPF. This can then be reapplied throughout the day, not only giving your lips a subtle shine but protecting them as well. If you want some color, look for a tinted lip balm, but make sure that it still contains plenty of hydrating ingredients.

Everybody has their go-to makeup tools, but these are made even better when they can bring about beneficial effects to your skin as well. From a cellulose sponge to cleanse and remove makeup to a tinted lip balm to add a pop of color while protecting your lips at the same time, these are beauty tools that everybody should have in their cosmetics bag.

Choosing the Right Shade of Foundation

There are so many different shades of foundation out there, making it no surprise that only 15% of women choose the right shade when they have no extra help available to them. To ensure that you do not make this mistake, here are some tips on how to choose the right shade of foundation.

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Matching a Shade to Your Skin Tone
The best way to truly match a foundation shade to your skin tone is by testing it against the back of your hand, as well as on your chest, before heading outside to see what it looks like in natural lighting. Even if you are not able to test this outside, you should still wait for a few minutes before making your decision, as the shade might slightly change as it soaks into your skin.

Seasonal Changes
Your skin tone will change throughout the year, meaning that the shade of foundation that may seem right for you now, will not seem that way at all in six months time. The best way to deal with this is by creating a custom shade that is able to complement your skin year-round. To do this, pick two shades of foundation, one lighter and one darker, using the lighter one in the triangular area that makes up the center of your face. Blend the darker shade into this over the sides of your cheeks and down onto your neck, and be sure to check the result in natural lighting as well as store lighting. If both shades work, then you can use these throughout the year, adjusting the amount of each, and the way in which you blend them, so that your skin tone is always complemented.

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Complexion Matching
If foundation is completely new to you, then it may be worth checking out some of the complexion matching programs found on the websites of certain cosmetic companies. These will ask you questions about your skin and complexion, and then provide you with color suggestions that you can then use a starting point for sampling shades. For a more accurate assessment, you could also head to a department store and seek the advice of a professional from a cosmetics brand.

When in Doubt, Go Darker
If you are ever having trouble choosing between two particular shades, with both of them being extremely similar, then the darker shade is the one you should go for. While a shade that is too light will give your complexion a chalky appearance, as well as making it seem as though you are overly made up, a darker shade will simply give off a more tanned appearance, making it much more forgiving.

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If you really want to look your very best, then you need to make sure that you are wearing the right shade of foundation. From learning how to match a shade to your skin tone, to investing in two shades that you blend throughout the year, these tips will ensure that your foundation is always spot-on in the future.

Hot Lipstick Colors for Spring

Boldly painted lips were all the rage across spring 2017 fashion week runways, and are the perfect way to add some polish to your look. From glamorously glossy to fluorescent finishes, these are the hottest lipstick colors for this spring.

Natural look

Poppy Pink
Pink is set to be one of the key colors for this spring, but, when it comes to your lipstick, pretty pastel pinks are out, and bold magentas are in. Poppy pink is one of the hottest shades out there, especially with a matte finish, but you need to ensure that your lips have been primed in advance if you want this look to be long-lasting, as matte finishes do tend to require a bit of extra upkeep.

Fluorescent Orange
Orange has been making a comeback for a while, but, just like with pink, the key orange lipstick shades for this year are bold and bright, never failing to make a statement. Opt for shades that are as pigmented as possible, with a glossy, shiny finish.

Dusty Rose
Muted, dusty hues of rose were seen all over the spring 2017 runways, and are the ideal shade for those who want something slightly darker than their natural color, but still relatively subtle. While this color can be incorporated into so many different beauty looks, wearing it with a matching eye shadow and blush will give you a chic and modern monochromatic look.

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Nude, Beige and Brown
Nudes, beiges and browns have been popular lipstick colors for a few seasons now, and this shows no signs of changing. The great aspect to these neutral shades is that they are so versatile, and will work no matter your skin tone.

Bright and Vivid Editorial Colors
While green, blue or purple may not be lipstick shades that you are able to wear on an everyday basis, they are fresh, modern, and absolutely perfect for a special occasion when you really want to make a statement. As edgy and daring as these colors may be, you do need to pay special attention to the rest of your look, so as to keep it all high fashion and avant garde rather than over-the-top.

Glitter Lips
Glitter lips work with just about every shade, and are the perfect way to add a sultry sparkle to your look. There are two ways in which you can do this, with the first being to pat loose glitter onto your lips. Alternatively, you can opt for a glitter-infused lip gloss to apply over your lipstick, which is often the easiest and most convenient method.

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Glamorously Glossy
Just like with glitter lips, ultra glossy lips can be created with every color. Whether you opt for a subtle nude or a deep wine, just make sure you apply plenty of reflecting gloss on top.

There is quite a variety when it comes to the hottest lipstick colors for this spring, giving you plenty of options for finding something that works with your personal style. Whether you opt for poppy pink with a coating of gloss and glitter, or an understated matte dusty rose, take advantage of these trends and allow your lips to really make a statement.

Choosing Age Appropriate Nail Art

Nail art

Nail art is a trend that does not seem to be going anywhere anytime soon, but many of the popular designs just do not seem to work on women who have passed a certain age. If this is the case for you, this does not mean that you have to shun the nail art trend, and can instead opt for designs that are sophisticated and age appropriate.

“Kiss Me Kate” Stripe
The “Kiss Me Kate” Stripe was created by celebrity manicurist Deborah Lippmann, who was inspired by the aesthetic of designer Kate Spade. This design consists of a crisp white nail that features a jet black horizontal stripe running across it, resulting in a beautifully contrasting graphic look. Stripes in general are always a classy design to go for, and there is still plenty of room for experimentation, whether this may be with the hues that you use or the direction that the stripes run in.

Crop Top
The Crop Top nail design is all about making use of negative space, and intentionally incorporates some bare nail. Rather than color blocking the nail with two shades, the bottom half of the nail is left bare, while the top half features a shade that is deep and rich. Rather than opting for a standard shade, go for something such as mustard yellow or hunter green, as these will make your nails look even more luxe.

Fine Art
There are many manicurists out there that are exceptionally talented when it comes to reinterpreting works of fine art for the nails, and, depending on the artist and piece that you choose, this is a look that really screams sophistication. Whether you opt for the graphic squares of Mondrian, abstract shapes from Picasso, or whimsical floral details from Japanese masters, the key to mastering this look is finding a manicurist who is able to really perfect each one of your nails.

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Ombre
Ombre, which means shaded in French, makes use of two main colors, with the first one fading into the next, showcasing different shades in between. This is an elegant design, and can have varying effects depending on the colors that you pick. Blue fading into black will give you quite a deep and intense look, while a baby pink fading into aubergine is much more fun, but still age appropriate.

Lace Tips
Lace-tipped nails ooze elegance, but also have a subtle level of sexiness to them, which makes them a great design no matter your age. There are many different ways to achieve this look, from drawing it on yourself if you have steady hands, to applying nail art stickers, to even using nail glue to apply the actual lace to your nails. However, keep in mind that, in order to keep this style age appropriate, you need to make sure that the lace does not stray too far from your tips, and is not too over the top.

As you can see from each of these designs, age appropriate does not have to mean boring. Instead, it is all about choosing styles that are sophisticated, as well as relatively minimal in terms of design and color palette. The next time you are having a manicure done, try something new and give one of these nail art designs a go.

5 Signs You’re In a Beauty Rut

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It can be all too easy to fall into a beauty rut, especially if you have found a look or routine that really works well for you. However, these habits can often end up feeling stale and boring, so if you find yourself relating to these following beauty rut signs, then it may be time to shake things up a bit and refresh your look.

Your Nails and Lips are Always the Same Color
Using the same shade of nail polish or lipstick can quickly make your look seem dated, even if the shade may work perfectly with your skin tone. If new colors tend to scare you, opt for different shades of the color that you use, for example, a bright pillar box red instead of a deep, dark red. Your lips and your nails are a great way to begin experimenting with other colors, so once you have tried a few different shades, move on to new colors.

Your Skin Care Routine Has Remained Unchanged for Years
Your skin changes in so many different ways as you age, and if you are still using the same skin care routine that you did a few years ago, it is likely that your skin lacks the radiance that it could otherwise be sporting. Not only does age affect your skin, but so do the seasons and many other factors, so you should try to update your skin care routine every few months, paying attention to the evolving needs of your skin.

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Your Hair Always Looks the Same
If you tend to always return to the same haircut time and time again, or style your hair in the same way everyday, then this is another sign that you may have fallen into quite the beauty rut. The next time you are having your hair cut, ask for a bit more variety, or, if you would still prefer to stick with the same cut, experiment more when it comes to styling, as you will likely find a few looks that really take your hair to the next level.

You Can Apply Your Makeup With Your Eyes Closed
If you know your makeup routine so well that you can pretty much apply it with your eyes closed, then this means that you may be slightly stuck in your ways. While it is always handy to have a go-to makeup routine, pull yourself out of your rut by either trying a new look, or simply making a few small but noticeable changes to your existing routine.

You Cannot Live Without Your Black Eyeliner or Mascara
Black eyeliner and mascara make for classic beauty looks, and work well with just about every outfit, making it all too easy to become too dependent on these products. If going without is just too frightening a prospect, try to mix up the way in which you apply them, swiping your liner on both your top and bottom lids if you usually only just go for one. Colors can also be experimented with here, as a dark navy or a smoky gray are often great alternatives to standard black.

People that find themselves in a beauty rut are usually those that are quite resistant to change, for whatever reason. Rather than being afraid of change, it is time to begin embracing it and taking the time to experiment with some of the many exciting beauty looks and styles out there.

Skin Care for Better Makeup Application

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Skin care and beauty go hand in hand, because if your skin is in its healthiest state, not only will you need to use less makeup, but you will also achieve a much more flawless finish. From prepping your skin beforehand to enhancing your natural glow, keep these skin care tips in mind the next time you are applying your makeup.

Prep Your Skin
Whether you are off to work in the morning or heading out for a night on the town, your makeup will always look its best if your skin has been properly prepared beforehand. In order to truly start with a blank canvas, you need to first cleanse your skin with a gentle cleanser, before applying a toner to rebalance your skin’s pH level, as you want your skin to be at its best before applying any makeup products. Next, apply your serums, eye cream and moisturizer, before applying a primer. While a primer is not essential, this will give your skin some extra nourishment and hydration, while filling in any fine lines and wrinkles and acting as a base onto which your makeup can grip.

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Don’t Forget Your Lips
Your lips are likely to be an important focus when applying makeup, but the skin on the lips is often neglected, making it important to prep your lips just as you would your skin. The best way to do this is by giving your lips a quick exfoliation, applying a gentle lip scrub in circular motions, before leaving it to rest for a few minutes. After rinsing this off, you will notice that your lips are so much softer and smoother, and a layer of a nourishing lip balm underneath your lipstick will help to keep them moist for the rest of the day.

Clear and Brighten Puffy Eyes
Rather than applying layer after layer of concealer to any under-eye dark circles, there are a number of ways in which you can naturally eliminate puffy eyes, making the rest of your makeup application much easier. The quickest way to do this is by performing a simple facial massage, rotating your ring fingers in the corners of your eyes near your nose in order to relieve any congestion, which is often the cause of puffy eyes. If you find that this is a frequently reoccurring issue that you have to deal with, then you should begin to look into the cause of your under-eye circles, whether this may be allergies or your sleeping position, and then work to change this.

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Clean Makeup Brushes
If you do not thoroughly clean your makeup brushes once a week, as well as give them a quick clean after each use, then it is likely that you are transferring bacteria onto your skin each time they make contact with your face. There are many brush cleaners available that are most definitely worth investing in, and not only will this make a difference to your face, but it will also make it much easier to achieve a more professional makeup finish.

There are many ways in which your skin care practices will have an impact on the way in which you apply your makeup, and you should ensure that the two of these are always supporting each other as much as possible. From cleansing your skin before and applying any makeup products to knowing how to de-puff your eyes rather than needing to use layers of concealer, these skin care tips can really help when it comes to makeup application.

Beauty Trends to Look Forward to This Fall

While it is usually the clothes that primarily dominate the fashion week runways, this is also where you can find plenty of beauty inspiration. From bold lip colors to fat lashes, these are the beauty trends that you can look forward to this fall.

Pink lips

Bold Lips
Bold lips are a trend that frequently comes and goes, and while it is usually the reds and pinks that are emphasized, this fall sees lip colors that are even more daring. From shades of black burgundy to bright grape to pale peach, these are not colors that you may be able to wear on a daily basis, but you can expect to see much more of them this fall.

Fat Lashes
For those who have been using mascara for years, it is likely that you take great efforts to avoid any clumps. However, you can do away with that this fall, as one of the beauty trends, which was seen in full force on the Dior runway, was thick, fat lashes, achieved with a heavy-handed swipe of mascara. If this is the look that you are going for, keep the rest of your makeup simple, but do opt for a dash of bold lipstick to help your eyes really stand out.

Bold lips and glittery makeup

Sprinkles of Glitter
It can sometimes take quite a bit of practice to master glitter makeup, and, if you have not yet managed to do so, this season is a great time to try again. From a shimmery dust running across the cheekbones at Burberry to a sprinkling of glitter around the eyes at Jenny Packham, this fall will be bringing with it plenty of sparkle.

A Natural Glow
While contouring and highlighting may have been all the rage this year, these trends will be taking a step back this fall in favor of a look that is much more natural. From Gucci to Stella McCartney to Valentino, healthy and fresh skin was seen across so many runways, so try to keep your skin natural this fall. While there are iridescent powders that you can purchase to emphasize this glow, there is nothing quite like the radiance that comes from a healthy complexion, so give your skin some extra care this fall.

Graphic Eyeliner
The graphic eyeliner trend has gotten even more creative this season, giving you the opportunity to really use your imagination when it comes to your makeup. Rather than simply drawing on a couple of cat eyes, be more adventurous and add in some graphic shapes. When it comes to the eyeliner that you use, black is always going to be the classic choice, but, if you are feeling bold, reach for a few brighter colors so that you can truly express yourself, whether this be blue, green, yellow or pink.

Beauty trends are always fun to experiment with, and there are a few this fall that really give you the chance to be creative. From a dusting of glitter around your eyes to graphic shapes drawn with eyeliner to lip colors that are darker or brighter than you have ever worn before, take the time to really express yourself through your makeup this season.

Donkey Milk & Beauty

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Legend has it that, for cosmetic reasons, Cleopatra used to bathe in donkey milk every day, with 700 donkeys needed to produce her daily baths. Donkey milk was used by many others throughout history, and while it may seem quite unconventional, it is actually the closest to human breast milk when compared to any other mammal milk out there, and is packed with unique properties that make it extremely effective in many cosmetic uses.

Vitamin-Rich Composition
Donkey milk contains high levels of protein, phospholipids and ceramides, which work wonders on the skin. The protein is great for boosting the structure of the skin, while the ceramides, which are usually lost with age, help to bind together the protective cells that are contained in the skin’s outer layer. Phospholipids are a type of fat, and are essential when it comes to providing support for the skin, as well as in the functioning of cell membranes. These three components of donkey milk also make it exceptionally soothing, making it a fantastic ingredient for those with sensitive skin to use.

High in Vitamin C
Donkey milk contains up to 60 times more vitamin C than cow’s milk, which is a vital component when it comes to the appearance of your skin. When donkey milk is used in skin care products instead of cow’s milk, your skin will be receiving all of the benefits of this extra vitamin C, such as an increase in the production of collagen, which then leads to added firmness and skin strength. This makes donkey milk a popular ingredient when it comes to anti-aging products, as collagen production is a process that naturally slows down with age, resulting in visible wrinkles and fine lines.

Soothes Certain Skin Conditions
Donkey milk is extremely high in lactoferrin and lysozyme, while cow’s milk only contains traces of these. These two components have the potential to dramatically soothe certain inflammatory skin conditions, such as acne, eczema and psoriasis.

The Price of Donkey Milk Beauty Products
One of the main reasons that donkey milk has not yet hit the mainstream market is due to the fact that it faces one serious limitation, and this is in regards to the amount of milk that can actually be produced on a daily basis. While a cow can produce up to 40 liters of milk in a single sitting, a donkey will only produce around 2 liters a day in total, making it quite the premium ingredient. However, due to an increase in demand for the product, especially since the cosmetics industry has been turning more and more to natural ingredients in recent years, donkey farms are now on the rise, and this ingredient is likely to make its way into many more beauty products soon.

The cosmetics industry is always experiencing trends, especially when it comes to popular ingredients. While donkey milk may be quite a new idea to you and seem like a crazy trend, this is far from the case, as this ingredient can actually work wonders when it comes to skin care and beauty.